19November2017

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Easter Gift to Arameans in Qamishli, Syria

On Thursday 9 April 2015, the WCA and its partners provided 400 Aramean families in Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, with food packages as an Easter Gift (see photos below). Today, on Friday 10 April, this Aramean alliance sent the letter below (download the Arabic version below) to their people in need in Qamishli, stressing that they are not alone in their struggle for survival in the homeland and that this Easter Gift is only the beginning of more help to our people in need of both humanitarian aid and a political voice. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS LETTER IN PDF AND IN ARABIC TRANSLATION

 


 

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 Shlomo, hubo w-Iqoro to our dear People in Qamishli,

The World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (“WCA”), its National Federations and Local Associations, and its partners mentioned below, extend their warm greetings to you and wish you and all our people of Syria and Iraq a Blessed Easter celebration with family and friends in the risen Christ, our life and our hope.

ܥܐܕܐ ܒܪܝܟܐ܂

ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ ܡܢ ܩܒܪܐ܄ ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ ܡܢ ܒܝܬ ܡܝܬܐ܂

ܡܗܝܡܢܝܢܢ ܘܡܘܕܝܢܢ܀

  

APPRECIATING OUR PEOPLE FROM QAMISHLI
This year in which we all commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Sayfo, we deemed it fit to donate food packages as Easter gifts to 400 Aramean families in Qamishli. It was this city that was built up by your and our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who escaped the aftereffects of the Sayfo in Tur-Abdin and its region in the newly founded Republic of Turkey in 1923. It was this city that became the new beacon of light of the Suryoyutho in the first half of the 20th century, defending, strengthening and developing our Aramaic (Syriac) language and identity. We cannot and we will never forget this fact.

During these difficult trials and tribulations of the past years, we have tried our best to help our people in need in Syria and Iraq as best as we could. We are dedicated to continue our service as long as needed. Since our foundation, we have been privileged to receive the trust and support of the Aramean people worldwide and we will make sure that this support will also reach our people in Qamishli.

OUR SYRIA AND IRAQ RELATED WORK
As you are aware, in these past years we have given various forms of aid to certain regions and families in Syria and Iraq, but also to our refugees abroad. That is why Arameans from Qamishli, who spoke on behalf of your churches, organizations and Sootoro, have contacted us for help in the past months. They expressed that they have a strong faith in the work, integrity and strength of our organizations to help our forgotten people in Qamishli. We are committed to not let them down for placing good trust and faith in us.

We have been and we continue to work on a number of things for our people in the diaspora and Tur-Abdin, but regarding Syria and Iraq we should briefly mention that, regarding humanitarian aid, we work with and through governments and NGOs. Our biggest achievement so far is that the WCA and its Member Federation in Germany have convinced the German Government to send more than 2,5 million euro from September 2013 until today to our Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus to help our people there in many ways. We continue to do the same for other regions in Syria and Iraq, and also in other countries like Switzerland.

UPCOMING EVENTS
We ask you to join us in commemorating these specific dates with us:

  • On 22 April 2015, we commemorate the two-year abduction of our dear Archbishops of Aleppo, H.E. Gregorius Hanna Ibrahim and H.E. Boulos al-Yazigi. Since there is still no evidence about their situation, we continue to push the international community to provide honest information and clarity about this strange case.
  • On 24 April 2015, we commemorate the Sayfo together with our Armenian friends and neighbors. This year, we have had and will continue to have many Sayfo activities, from a recent congress to lectures, exhibitions and publications. We have also cooperated on a documentary together with one of the biggest Dutch TV Channels that we will show first on 20 April to 425 Arameans in one of the big cinemas in the Netherlands and which will be shown on 22 April on the Dutch Channel 2. After this, we will translate this film into different languages and show it also in other countries. We will do our best to provide an Arabic version of the movie and send it also to you in due time.
  • In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot more about us, our views, principles and work.

SIGNATORIES TO THIS LETTER

  1. Founded in 1983, the WCA is a global umbrella organization of Federations in Europe, Australia, America and the Middle East. Since 1999, it is a UN NGO (Non-Governmental Organization).
  2. Suryoyo Sat is the Aramaic satellite channel founded in late 2005 by the WCA, its Member Federations and the Syriac Orthodox Diocese of H.E. Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas in Sweden.
  3. We Are Christians - Aramaic Charity Organization e.V. is a proud member of our Federation in Germany. It is active in Iraq, but from now on it will also offer help to our dear people in Qamishli.
  4. Founded in 2002, the Syriac/Aramaic Academic Federation (SAAF) is the umbrella organization of our students in Sweden. It has associations at 14 universities and over 2300 registered members.
  5. Founded in 1992, our Syriac/Aramean Youth Federation (SAUF) is the umbrella organization of our youth in Sweden. It has 26 member associations and more than 10.000 registered members.
  6. The Syriac Orthodox Diocese of H.E. Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas in Sweden and its Youth Federation known as SOKU are also part of our united efforts to support our people in Qamishli.

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